Department of Security Studies and Criminology

Department of Security Studies and Criminology

Our department was established in 2005 to provide government, security agencies and police forces with the critical insight, expertise and training they need to confront the security challenges emerging in the 21st Century. It has since become one of Australia's leading centres of teaching and research in security studies, including internationally recognised programs in international security, cyber security, criminology, intelligence studies, counter terrorism, and policing.

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Head of Department

Ben Schreer

Professor Ben Schreer is the Head of Department at SSC. He teaches and researches in security and strategic studies, with a  focus on Asia-Pacific strategic trends and the evolution of Australian defence policy. Professor Schreer regularly provides expert advice to national and international media on these subjects. He is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London and a member of the editorial board of the Journal for Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism (JPICT) and the Australian Journal of International Affairs.

Research and funding

Our research focuses on the disciplines of security studies and criminology. Researchers are actively involved with the conceptual and empirical exploration of new and emerging criminal and security threats. Our research is high impact and published in leading international academic and scholarly publications.  We also directly engage with law enforcement, including agencies such as NSW and Victoria Police, the NSW Crime Commission and the Australian Institute of Professional Intelligence Officers.

The Faculty Research Office can help you with research-related questions, and should be your first point of contact. Further information can be found on Macquarie’s research web pages, including information on grants and funding.  

If you have travel requirements for your research, Macquarie offers travel support and info. When it comes time to present your research, our marketing and communications team can help you understand our brand and media engagement guidelines.

If you are undertaking research, you must ensure compliance with the Human Ethics Committee and the Animal Ethics Committee if applicable.

Employee support and safety

Macquarie wants to ensure all staff enjoy a safe, happy, productive working environment. We offer support to get you started and are transparent about our employee benefits. It is important to be aware of our Safety at work policies, as well as the University's wellbeing services that range from employment support to childcare.

Macquarie University’s health and safety policy ensures a safe work and study environment for both students and staff. Staff are encouraged to read our health and safety requirements should they need to report an incident or hazard. All staff are required to complete the Health & Safety Induction modules.

Get involved

If you are interested in getting involved with our research, contact the Faculty of Arts Research Office ( Or for more information on how to partner with us, contact our Research Partnership Manager: 

Carly Evans

C5C 315
T: +61 2 9850 4057 

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